You might think I have a raging hard on for Russian powerlifters after my post on Yury Belkin…
Yes its tru I do inappropriately appreciate Russian Powerlifters. Today’s big raging hard on is for another big Russian lifter and they don’t come any bigger than Kirill Sarychev of all time world record raw bench press fame. You’ve probably seen the video but I’m putting it here anyway so we can all appreciate this lift again.
Looked submaximal and probably was by a bit. Many russian lifters seem to train at lower percentages, almost conservatively, and compete similarly with grinders rare. The 750 benchmark will probably fall next time Sarychev feels like it but this isn’t the main topic of this post.
While Bench is obviously the standout lift the man is no bench only powerlifter and Sarychev’s other lifts while not impressive for his weight class were enough to get him an unofficial world record raw total.
Admittedly his use of the monolift/no walk out, 4th squat attempt, lifting in an untested fed (WRPF) etc. makes for difficulty in comparing with Ray Williams’ 1105kg/2436lb total. Regardless I count it as at least in stature to Ray Williams’ total if not in the record books just yet.
From the vid I’d say Sarychev is good for 350/320/380kg (770/705/837lbs) Total 1050kg/2314lb any day of the week never mind after a decent peak having put months into accumulation and intensification. This is a very conservative estimate given: he hit 360/320/402.5kg (793/705/887lbs) Total 1082.5kg/2386.5lbs in the vid meet, is fairly young in powerlifting terms and this was almost a full year ago.
IMO Ray Williams’ squat is much better than Sarychev’s, maybe even the best in the world, but not so much so that it’ll offset a near 100kg/220lb difference in Bench Press especially with Sarychev’s squat improving and their deadlifts being close.
So the question is does Sarychev’s current record total “count” in your opinion and why/not and what kind of potential world record totals are we expecting this guy to hit? May as well squeeze in here as well: Thoughts on whether an 800lb raw bench possible?